Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Blue Lacy

Posted by on Apr 1, 2011 in Animal Care, Blue Lacy, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Blue Lacy

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Blue LacyChoosing a pet ID tag for your Blue Lacy is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the hopes that you’re never going to use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically buying a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute usually ends up being a regret, long-term.

Think about the following before picking any pet identification tag for your Blue Lacy:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Blue Lacy?
Missing Blue Lacys are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Blue Lacy!” signs plastered around town, or dead dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Blue Lacy is a master at tunneling under your fence, or can’t help following a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t properly trained, the possibility of a missing Blue Lacy is high.

But losing your Blue Lacy isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Blue Lacys are stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Blue Lacy if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Blue Lacy, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Blue Lacy, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your Blue Lacy.

In this case, will your Blue Lacy’s temporary or new steward know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Blue Lacys are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to determine the value of your Blue Lacy. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Blue Lacy) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Blue Lacy owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many owners, Blue Lacys are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

Pet identification tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, too. Usually pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Blue Lacy’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary types of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re low cost yet the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Blue Lacy these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newest entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Blue Lacy’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Blue Lacys

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